US woman Lisa Montgomery to be executed for strangling pregnant woman

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A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The ruling, handed down on Friday by a three-judge panel on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, concluded that a lower court judge erred when he vacated Lisa Montgomery’s execution date in an order last week.

Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.

She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife.

Lisa Montgomery confessed to the kidnapping and murder of eight months pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Credit: EPA

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